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Commentary participated in a quickie poll last night.  I was asked about approval of the HISD Board of Education, in person classes vs remote learning, teaching Critical Race Theory in HISD, and how I feel about supporting HISD trustees who voted to rename Woodrow Wilson Elementary.

I wonder who is polling?

This is not surprising. From the Chron:

A week after the Texas House dropped its mask requirement, the chamber is juggling a COVID-19 scare.

State Rep. John Raney, a Brazos County Republican, has tested positive for the virus, his office confirmed to The Dallas Morning News on Thursday. He participated in committee hearings as recently as Thursday morning, when he sat maskless at his desk — surrounded by a clear barrier — for a higher education committee meeting.

He was also present for floor votes this week.

I don’t know this fella, but he was fully vaccinated. Commentary will keep wearing a mask. We are not out of the woods.

Future Hall of Fame great Albert Pujols is out of the game for now.

Of his 667 career regular season dingers, 62 were off of Astros pitchers including 33 at The Yard.  He hit career dingers 4,5,6, 665, and 666 against the Astros and a ton in between.  We all know what happened in the 2005 NLCS at The Yard.  He will be missed.

Jose Altuve put it to the Yankee boobirds yesterday.  On his birthday. A birthday bash.

The Blue Jays are in town for three. #SpringerDinger won’t be playing.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and H-Town Mayor Sylvester Turner were on target when they announced yesterday that they would no longer give their annual “state of” addresses in association with the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP).  The GHP is Ok with voter suppression bills at the Texas Legislature.

Here is from Judge Hidalgo:

“We can’t in good conscience stand at the dais of the partnership when their will to represent their members and their community so easily crumbles in a time of need. We do not feel comfortable letting them after seeing them shrink from the civil rights fight of our time.”

Here is from the H-Town Mayor:

“I think it’s important this year for me to find that venue that better reflects the diversity of our city and the values we hold so dear.”

Here is from the Chron E-Board today:

While a coalition of major companies, business executives and local elected leaders have stood up against the latest plot by Texas lawmakers to whittle down voting access, the Houston region’s biggest business group, the Greater Houston Partnership, has taken a stand by refusing to take a stand.

Last I checked, the voter suppressing GHP officed in the same building as Houston First.  If that is a City of H-Town owned building, I expect that voter suppressing GHP to get kicked out. They are a bunch of arseholes in Commentary’s book.  If it is a GHP owned building, Houston First ought to move out ASAP.

Congrats to the GOPers in the Texas Legislature. With the heart beat bill and permitless carry, we are the most extremist state in the USA.

Lifelong newspaperman Bill Hartman is no longer with us. More recently, he was the owner of the Fort Bend Herald.  I remember him when he was associated with the Baytown Sun.  His father was Fred Hartman, who was publisher of the Baytown Sun. The huge bridge on Highway 146 over the Ship Channel, connecting Baytown to La Porte, is named after Fred Hartman.  You know that, though.

One of my all time favorite MLBers is 90 today.  A great ballplayer. Rookie of the Year, two-time MVP, World Series champ, 660 career dingers, 1,903 career RBIs, 3,283 career base hits, and 24 All Star games. Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame great Willie Mays!

Happy Birthday to Jose Altuve! Tuves is 31 today.

While I am at it, Happy Birthday to Sabrina Midkiff!  If I have to tell you who she is, well. Sab is also a huge Astros fan.

Speaking of, let’s root for a win today at noon to avoid a Bronx sweep.

Fifth of May

Today is the Fifth of May.  We celebrate Mexico’s independence – NOT.  We drink Sirvaeysus.  We have chips and kayso, kaysadeas and tuhkeetos. Stay safe.

This past weekend we just conducted Uniform Local Elections in Harris County.  The drive thru option is very popular among voters. 15% of early voters in Harris County used the drive thru voter option last week.  Mostly from Kingwood, Humble and Pasadena.

Mail ballots have become a go to form of voting for our 65 and older citizens.  This past weekend the City of Humble and Humble ISD conducted elections.  15% of the voters voted by mail.  Most used a mail ballot application sent to them by Harris County.  Under HB 6, the County would be prohibited from sending unsolicited applications and in effect, disenfranchising older voters.

Now you know.

Royko sent me this on my take on sidewalk trash:

Wondering whose nests were feathered again with this contract?

It is kind of like did they run out of things to do at City Hall?

Houston Mayor’s Office or @houmayor put out this tweet:

Tomorrow, City Council will vote whether to place digital kiosks in our community. They will provide revenue, & help Houstonians & tourists find cultural events, restaurants and other services. The kiosks are not clutter. We want the best for Houston!

If you have to tweet to say the kiosks are not clutter, they are clutter.

Kuffer has more:

The embedded image is of one of these things in San Antonio, from a Scenic Houston action page to email your opposition to City Council. I get the concerns, especially about sidewalk space, and I agree that business owners should have a say in whether one of them is on their sidewalk. There are already colorful direction-oriented signs around downtown, which these would either supplement or supplant. I guess this would feel like less of a big deal if our bus stops had advertising on them, as they do in many other big cities. Honestly, my reaction is a shrug, perhaps because I just don’t see these things on the same level of ugliness as billboards. Maybe I’ll change my mind later, I don’t know. CM Sallie Alcorn is on record in the story as being opposed, while CM Ed Pollard is in favor. I predict someone will tag this, and then we’ll see what the rest of Council thinks. What’s your opinion? Campos, who does not like them, has more.

I was told they were tagged last week.  Only H-Town Council Member Karla Cisneros can tag it today, I was told.

Here is all of Kuffer: Downtown kiosks – Off the Kuff.

Commentary is not going to get worked up over this or call out anyone.  It does kind of go against the walkability streets thing and unobstructed sidewalks.

Maybe they should have given each kiosk a COVID-19 instant testing dispenser component and everyone would be Ok.  Oh, well.

We lost last night in the Bronx.  The Yankee fans booed their arses off.  There was an ugly collision at home plate. 

Have a safe Cinco De Mayo.

Sidewalk Trash

I have to say it is fun to watch the GOP in Congress go after each other.  Cong. Liz Cheney is doing her best to promote the truth while the majority of GOPers in Congress continue to kiss Donald Trump’s arse and support his lies.  I love it.

I don’t know about this.  I don’t think they are needed.  I don’t think they are a right fit.  I think they add clutter.  I don’t think they are helpful.  Here is this from the Chron today:

City Council on Wednesday will consider a plan to install up to 125 interactive digital kiosks around the city, a proposal that has drawn support from city officials who tout the advertising revenue benefits and opposition from some who equate the kiosks to sidewalk billboards.

If approved by council, the city would have Ohio-based IKE Smart City LLC install at least 75 kiosks within the next three years, focusing on commercial areas with heavy pedestrian traffic. The kiosks, which are designed to resemble massive smart phones, would display dining, transit, event and lodging options and provide free Wi-fi and 911 access, among other features.

The city would receive 42 percent of the revenue generated from digital advertisements displayed on the kiosks, providing an estimated $35 to $50 million over the course of the 12-year contract, according to the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Under the agreement, IKE Smart City would guarantee a minimum payment to the city of $11 to $16 million over the 12 years, depending on the number of kiosks installed.

City officials would have the option to extend the contract for another 10 years, in two five-year increments, if IKE Smart City meets certain performance goals. The company would pay for installation of the kiosks without using any public dollars.

Opponents of the kiosk proposal include Scenic Houston, a nonprofit that helped push for the city’s 1980 sign code that bans any new billboards. In a letter sent Friday to Andy Icken, the city’s chief development officer, Scenic Houston Executive Director Heather Houston said the board “strongly feels that the digital kiosks constitute digital billboards with a primary purpose to advertise.”

Icken disagreed, arguing Houstonians and tourists would find the kiosks helpful in navigating the city.

And this:

At-Large Councilmember Sallie Alcorn said she plans to oppose the change to city code, along with the IKE Smart City contract, because the kiosks will add clutter to city streets.

“These kiosks will be placed in the pedestrian realm, and I don’t feel sidewalks are the best place for digital advertisements,” Alcorn said. “There’s been a concerted effort for many years to make Houston a more attractive city. I believe these kiosks run counter to that effort.”

Here is the entire Chron article: Houston council to consider plan to erect up to 125 digital sidewalk kiosks for share of ad revenue (houstonchronicle.com).

Commentary is with Council Member Alcorn on this. I must have missed where H-Town City Hall fixed all of our problems so now they are into sidewalk kiosks.  This is kind of out of date. I find it hard to believe that the H-Town Mayor actually thinks sidewalk trash is a good idea. Oh, well.

There is a new Texas poll out today that has President Joe Biden’s number better than Gov. Greg Abbott and other GOP state elected officials.  I am not surprised.  The GOP bungled the pandemic and want everyone toting a sidearm in public. 

My “Wizard of Oz” wall calendar for the month of May has a picture of Glinda the Good Witch of the North with the quote “Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?”

My Beatles calendar has a 1964 photo of the four with a reference to their first USA number one hit single “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

We start a three games series in the Bronx today.

Pasadena Politics

Today is my good friend James Rodriguez’s birthday.  Happy Birthday, James!

James was on the H-Town City Council from 2008 through 2013.  He recently was serving as the Chief of Staff for Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner.

This past December, James asked me if I would consider handling Mayor Wagner’s re-election campaign. I said why not. I became an instant fan of the Mayor when after he was sworn-in in 2017, he dropped the City’s appeal of the voting rights lawsuit brought on by some Pasadena Latino citizens. The Mayor reaching out to bring on James was also a plus.

This came out last Friday on the day before the election in the Chron on the Pasadena mayoral contest:

After being sworn in as Pasadena’s mayor four years ago, Jeff Wagner vowed to be a unifying force in a city with a growing Latino population that often felt shortchanged when it came to political clout and city services.

“I stressed that if I became mayor, Pasadena was Pasadena to me. … What I meant was, we’re all in it together,” Wagner, a retired Houston police officer, told the Houston Chronicle in September 2017.

As Wagner seeks a second four-year term, it’s far from clear he has bridged the divisions in Pasadena, a working-class suburb of Houston that is also Harris County’s second-largest city.

Wagner did successfully push to settle a voting rights lawsuit after a federal judge ruled a city election plan intentionally discriminated against Hispanic voters. But his tenure has also been marked by feuding between Wagner and his council allies on one side and council members representing the city’s older, predominantly Latino north side on the other. Some have bristled at what they view as Wagner’s heavy-handed style of running council meetings.

And this:

He faces a challenge from David Flores, 37, a former city employee who runs a construction business. Flores said he would like to better represent the entire city and bring more transparency. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2017; Wagner later prevailed in a runoff over banker John Moon.

And this:

Flores said he’s concerned about where city funds are directed and said the north side has been neglected.

The challenger said he also wants to see more transparency from the mayor’s office.

“It’s just time for the city to come together as a whole and not just a half,” he said, noting that he “literally” lives at the halfway point between the city’s north and south sides. “God willing, if y’all do give me an opportunity to win, there would be change.”

Mayor Wagner won this past Saturday with 80% of the vote.  He carried every precinct in the City.  I don’t think I am going out on a limb by saying getting 80% of the vote and winning every precinct is king of getting united support from the entire community.  I think you can also say that he is bridging the divisions or at least 80% of the bridge. I found that the Mayor is very popular across the City.

Heading into 2021, I wasn’t expecting to work on a campaign in Pasadena.  I enjoyed it.  I enjoyed working with the Mayor and his wife Ginny.  She is also very popular and well liked.

It was a good experience. Did I say 80%.

I also met a young dynamic candidate.  Bianca Valerio is running for Pasadena City Council, District B.  She led Saturday with 49%.  If she had gotten another 5 votes, she would have won without a runoff.  She is a hard worker.

Congratulations go to Paola Gonzalez Fusilier who won a seat on the Pasadena ISD School Board. 

MLB.com has a piece today on who is each team’s MVP after a month of baseball.  Yuli is ours and see this:

Every once in a while, we’ll see a solid player who explodes with his career year long after you expected him capable of it. Is this that year for Gurriel?

Alyson Footer’s MLB Power Ranking this week has us at number 5 and also see this:

Houston has had quite a stretch since dropping four of five on its road trip to Seattle and Colorado. In 11 games since, the Astros are 8-3 and there’s a trend there — in all three series, they’ve won all but the final game of each set. This week will be interesting — the Astros open a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, and they are slated to face their old teammate, Gerrit Cole, in the finale on Thursday.

Yankee fans going to hate tomorrow for sure.

Oops!

From the Trib on the latest poll:

Almost half of Texas voters (49%) approve of President Joe Biden’s handling of the coronavirus, while 35% disapprove. For Gov. Greg Abbott, 43% approve of his work and 48% disapprove; a year ago, 56% thought the governor was doing a good job with the coronavirus.

Tomorrow we will be heading into the 15th month of the pandemic. Thanks to fools like Donald Trump and Abbott, it didn’t have to be this bad.

Folks got it wrong on the lobbyist who allegedly drugged a Texas state capitol female staffer.  Here is from the Trib:

The Texas Department of Public Safety and Travis County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday “that there is not enough evidence to support” an allegation that a lobbyist used a date rape drug on a Capitol staffer and that “no crime occurred in this instance.”

“DPS has conducted a thorough investigation following allegations of drugging of a Capitol staffer by a lobbyist,” the joint statement said. “Together, we have concluded that … criminal charges are not appropriate.”

The statement did not name the lobbyist, and officials have not offered further details — including the names of anyone allegedly involved — since DPS confirmed it was investigating the allegation, as first reported by the Austin American-Statesman.

Here is the entire Trib piece: Authorities won’t charge Texas lobbyist accused of drugging Capitol staffer | The Texas Tribune.

Here is from Kuffer:

See here and here for the background. You can see the full statement here. Saying there’s not enough evidence to support the allegations is not the same as saying that nothing bad happened – to say “no crime occurred” is a tautology, since that is exactly what it means to not bring charges. We have due process for a reason, and this is the result. Maybe nothing did happen, or at least nothing that was ill-intentioned. Maybe it was too late for a drug test to render a judgment, since rohypnol metabolizes quickly. Maybe this was just another powerful guy getting away with it. We’ll never know for sure. If the lobbyist in question, whose name has been released by one right wing website, is innocent then this really sucks for him, since this incident will always follow him around. It’s going to suck even more for the woman who made the allegation, especially if it was true.

Here is all of today’s Kuffer: No charges files in Capitol date rape drug incident – Off the Kuff.

Here is what Commentary said a few days ago on this:

Is the Capitol media heeding the advice of the lawyers and proceeding “with due caution” by not naming the accused? All the insiders know who he is. Is this normal?  What am I missing?

He wasn’t named by the media, but a lot of folks know who it was.   I hope someone gets to the bottom of this. Talk about one big oops.

Tomorrow is election day for folks in Baytown, Humble, Kingwood, Pasadena, West U. and other political jurisdictions in Harris County.  Commentary tweeted yesterday that there would not be drive thru voting.  It turns out the Texas Election Code doesn’t allow drive thru voting on election day.  It only allow drive thru voting during early voting. Go figure.

On the H-Town Mayor’s police reforms announcement, here is from the Chron:

Brennan Griffin, deputy director of social justice nonprofit Texas Appleseed, said the expansion of the mobile crisis teams was a welcome investment, but it pales in comparison to the police department’s $1 billion budget.

He later called the reform announcement “pretty weak sauce” on Twitter.

We are 13-12, in Tampa for the weekend, and two and a half out.

Two Powerful Women

Watching two powerful Democratic women sitting behind President Joe Biden last night was the best.

President Biden delivered a great address. 

Cancun Cruz was caught falling asleep last night. He is worthless.

Donald Trump was critical of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her mask.  This arsehole and his anti-mask attitude have helped kill 570,000 Americans.

The H-Town Mayor will announce the long-awaited police department reforms. I am betting the local police reform activists will not be satisfied.

Dave Wilson is in the news today.  The former HCC Trustee will have his censure case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. What an arsehole for sure. What a waste of the Court’s time.

We are a way from Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez getting confirmed to head up ICE.  If he is confirmed, Harris County Commissioners Court will appoint a new sheriff.  I guess we will also have the race on the 2022 primary ballot to fill out the rest of the term that runs through the end of 2024.

My pal Harris County Constable Alan Rosen will seriously look at running for sheriff.

I wonder if the three Democrats on Commissioners Court will appoint a person of color. A female. A caretaker.

Let the rumors begin.

On this day in 2005, Hall of Fame great Jeff Bagwell hit his final career dinger, number 449, off of Hall of Fame great pitcher Greg Maddux. Now you know.

We won last night.  We are 13-11 and a game and a half out of first.  Today’s game starts at 1 pm.

Leonel, Now Ed

Congratulations to my buddy Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.  He has to get confirmed then the going gets tough.  I texted some of my friends yesterday that we now have to remove our Abolish ICE bumper stickers.

Back in April of 1977, President Jimmy Carter nominated then Houston City Controller Leonel Castillo to serve as INS Commissioner.  Do I hear the theme from “Twilight Zone” playing in the background?  Just saying.

For what it is worth, I advised Leonel back in 1977 not to take the gig.  That was 44 years ago.

You get the picture. Of course, that was over four decades ago and hopefully, our thinking is a lot better.

From Royko on what I put out about Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and drive thru voting:

I am not a fan of “Lt. Dan,” although I find that by you merely you citing Kingwood and Pasadena having increases in drive thru voting doesn’t disprove Patrick’s comments.

Neither Kingwood or Pasadena are known to have statistically high numbers of black residents. Insofar as Latino, the media has used “White” to classify some Hispanics. Second, how many of the Latinos of color in Pasadena are legal voters?

There was a 2018 study that I read where Black households are least likely to have access to a vehicle. People of color overall are least likely to have access to a vehicle in highly urbanized areas.

Further, illegal immigrant households for all racial and ethnic groups are more likely to lack access to a vehicle compared to their US-born counterparts.

How many of those who entered the drive thru had their vote actually processed this time to be properly recorded?

Commentary doesn’t go around Pasadena and asking Latinos of color if they are legal voters.  Those that do vote are legal voters.

The voter suppression bills are racist crap. We all know that. GOP legislators in Austin don’t even bother to defend it because they can’t. Their racism is out in the open these days. Racist BS like eliminating drive thru voting is also going to impact negatively GOP voters. Dumbarses.

The Elections Administrator folks puts out a roster of all who voted the previous day, and it tells you where they voted, if they voted drive thru or if they voted by mail.

You used to have to ask for this info and now it is posted.

Early voting is over for the May 1 elections. 834 voters voted drive thru in Kingwood.  Throw in another 326 in Humble. 353 in Pasadena and 293 in Baytown. That’s not chump change.  Drive thru voting could very well turn into a positive voting culture change in Harris County. Leave it alone.

The Astros won last night and are 12-11.

Naming the Accused

Those who follow the Texas Legislature learned Saturday morning on social media via the Stateman that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was investigating an incident of a lobbyist drugging a female staff member who worked at the State Capitol.

On Sunday I saw the retweets of a few GOP Texas legislators, declaring that the accused lobbyist and his firm were banned from their offices.  Like most folks, Commentary was curious as to who was the accused lobbyist.  Sunday afternoon I had discussions with a couple of astute politico friends about this. One surmised that the lobbyist had strong GOP ties because GOP legislators were the first to announce their bans.  Kind of distancing themselves.

We also learned Sunday the accused is/was with the high-powered lobbying firm, HillCo Partners.

Yesterday, Monday, the name of the lobbyist was revealed by the right wing MQS folks.  To my knowledge no mainstream media organization has revealed the name of the accused.

The accused turns out used to work for a GOP state legislator.  Not that it matters, but one of my astute friends called it on this.

The accused retained attorneys and here is what they said:

“If, in fact, somebody drugged a Capitol staffer, it was not our client nor any employee of HillCo Partners.  We can state with absolute certainty.  We respectfully request that everyone involved proceed with due caution before an innocent person’s life is ruined.”

The Texas House Speaker addressed the House yesterday and said this:

“These allegations shake our Capitol family to its core, and I am disgusted that this sort of predatory behavior is still taking place in and around our Capitol. We can and we must do better when it comes to changing the culture in this building.”

Again, we learned of the investigation three days ago.

Is the Capitol media heeding the advice of the lawyers and proceeding “with due caution” by not naming the accused? All the insiders know who he is. Is this normal?  What am I missing? Oh, well.

Yesterday was the biggest day of early voting in Harris County.  16% of the early voters used drive thru – mostly in Kingwood and Pasadena.

Today is the last day of early voting.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said this recently:

“If they’re worried about people of color — on the Democrats’ side who came up with this drive-in voting — statistics show that more people of color don’t have cars than not. So how do (drive-thru voting centers) help those folks?”

Patrick is not too smart.  I wish he would have been at BakerRipley in Pasadena yesterday to watch all the Latinos who used the drive thru voting.

Texas will get two more congressional districts.

Jose Altuve is back and we won last night.

Where’s the Beef?

This is not good.  From the Statesman today:

The founders of Hillco Partners confirmed Sunday that an employee of the influential lobby organization is the subject of a criminal investigation into an allegation from at least one Texas Capitol staffer who believes a lobbyist used a date rape drug on her.

Neal T. “Buddy” Jones sent an electronic message to every member of the Legislature saying his firm, Hillco Partners, condemns “any form of violence and unwanted conduct against women.

The message came amid an uproar in the Capitol community, with some lawmakers calling on Hillco to fire the employee, whose name has not been released, and some saying the firm’s employees will not be welcome in their offices.

“While the investigation is pending, the accused lobbyist(s) and their firm(s) are banned from my office; and, if true, will be permanently banned,” state Rep. Dustin Burrows, a Lubbock Republican who chairs the House Calendars Committee, said in a tweet.

State Rep. Shelby Slawson, R-Stephenville, said the woman who raised the allegation should be believed.

“We don’t need to know who she is for her to know who we are, standing with her,” Slawson said in a tweet. “We’ll be wearing pink on Tuesday.

Bill Miller, a longtime Capitol insider and the other founder of Hillco, acknowledged the pressure in an interview but said the statement reflected the firm’s values, irrespective of the outrage.

“We take this stuff super-seriously,” MiIler said. “As soon as we got wind that we had an employee who was a person of interest, we acted immediately.”

Miller declined to name the employee. He said Hillco has hired an investigator with a background in law enforcement to examine the matter independently of the DPS inquiry. 

On Saturday, the Texas Department of Public Safety told the Austin American-Statesman its investigators were looking into the staff member’s allegation. The incident took place during a meeting downtown, according to DPS.

Officials recently received a complaint from the person saying she was a victim, prompting the investigation, DPS spokesman Travis Considine said. He would not identify the lobbyist and was unable to say when and where the incident happened. 

No charges have been filed, and no arrests have been made.

The reaction over the weekend to this was swift and heavy on social media.  That’s the way it should be.  I wonder if Hillco will have any folks at the State Capitol today? More to follow. Stay tuned for sure.

Early voting in Harris County continues today.  Today’s hours are 7 am to 10 pm. 483 out of the 1,088 drive thru voters are in Kingwood.  Drive thru voters make up 13% of the early in person voters.  Some GOP legislators want to eliminate drive thru voting with their racist voter suppression legislation.

From the where is the beef department. Commentary doesn’t have to tell you Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is a moron.  He lets us know all by himself.  Some idiot makes up sh_t about a non-existent President Joe Biden policy on hamburgers and Abbott retweets it. Who in their right mind actually believes that the Biden-Harris administration wants to ration Big Macs and Whoppers? Moron. Childish. Immature. An embarrassment.

Here is the top headline in today’s hard copy Chron front page:

Abbott aide was at ERCOT storm meeting

Here is the first line from the article by kickarse reporter Jay Root and that’s all you need to know:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott dispatched a top aide to the ERCOT operations center on the night the grid operator made the controversial decision to leave electricity prices at maximum levels — a move blamed for creating a multi-billion dollar mess.

Abbott was in on the Big Freeze fix and then he tried to blame his own ERCOT folks. That Abbott weenie never can take responsibility.  What a punk. He will never grow up.

Commentary really can’t say much about the Oscars.  I did have it on last night.  This I will criticize.  The In Memoriam went too fast. Why bother. It was insulting to those who were mentioned.

I didn’t see any movies so I can’t say who should have won or who was robbed.  I also can’t comment on the format or if it was under the proper COVID protocols because everyone, except me, seems to be ignoring protocols anyway these days.

I also didn’t have a problem with Best Picture not being announced at the end.  I am not going to comment on Halle Berry’s hair because I didn’t see anything wrong with it.  Same thing with Frances McDormand’s dress.

All Rise is celebrating his 29th BD today.

Former Astros pitcher Mike Scott is 66 today.

Blummer is 48 today.

Happy Birthday Geoff, Mike and Aaron!

We took 3 out of 4 from the Angels and the Mariners are in town for 4. It turns out Jose Altuve tested positive for COVID-19. Sigh.